WordPress 2.8 Released With Improvements to Themes, Widgets and Speed

Written By Sam on 11 June 2009

The latest version of popular blogging platform WordPress 2.8, “Baker” is available for download. With the new WordPress 2.8 you can add a theme with just one single click. There are lot many improvements related to widgets, themes, taxonomies etc. There were around 790 bugs that were fixed in the latest release. It was very easy installing WordPress 2.8 on my test blog but I noticed that some of the plugins are not working as expected with the latest WordPress 2.8. So don’t yet install WordPress 2.8 on your main blog.

WordPress 2.8 Quick Video Overview

New Improvements in WordPress 2.8

  • WordPress 2.8 is a bit faster to use when compared with WordPress 2.7 though on the higher note it looks similar.
  • You can now browse the theme directory and install any theme with just one click from your dashboard.
  • The new Codepress editor will show you a syntax highlighting of the code. So instead of using a separate editor you can edit your themes and plugins very easily from your Admin panel.
  • Contextual documentation is available for the functions in the file you are editing.
  • The widget interface is completely redesigned in the WordPress 2.8. You can now edit widgets on the fly, have multiple copies of the same widget, drag and drop widgets between sidebars and even save inactive widgets so you don’t lose all their settings and data.
  • Developers now have access to a much cleaner and robust API for creating widgets.
  • New Screen Options on every page.
  • Support IIS 7.0 URL Rewrite Module
  • Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation.
  • You can now show absolute date instead of relative date for scheduled posts.
  • Support more than one gallery on the same page.

Apart from the above changes there are many improvements, new User features, JS script loader Improvements, New Widgets API and Menu reordering via plugin. Some of the features that didn’t Make it into WordPress 2.8 are OAuth support, Menu editor, Sitemaps by default, MPTT (Modified Preorder Tree Traversal) for hierarchies etc.

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